Friday, October 29, 2021

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Action Items

For K-5 Administrators (Action)

Science Core Leadership Team

from Curriculum & Instruction

The Curriculum Department is seeking administrators, teachers, and coaches to be a part of a Science Core Leadership Team to support the K-5 mission and vision for science instruction and make district-wide recommendations for successful implementation of the NGSS-designed Amplify Science. This team will help formulate a program implementation plan and continue to meet from year to year to further science instruction. This team will also meet to further refine the GVC to integrate SECD standards and refine it for cultural relevance. Please see this application link  for more details and criteria. Please review the link and forward it to staff who may meet the criteria and be interested in serving on this team. Contact Cheryl Beyer with any questions.

For Building Administrators (Action)

Equity Survey

from Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Hello Principals! The DEI team would like to thank you for attending our session on Stereotype Threat. There was great conversation and learning and we hope you learned something new about your colleagues, got a little uncomfortable, and can bring tools and strategies back to your building.

We also want to thank you for your time taking the brief survey. In order to better serve and support you we would like to ask if you can take a few minutes to answer a few follow up questions.

If you were unable to attend or did not take the survey in person please take this survey.
The DEI team values your input, your vulnerability, and your openness as we continue to embark on this ever important journey.

We appreciate your time and please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us if you have questions.


Canise, Linda, and Zak

For EC-5 Administrators (Action)

EC-5 Canvas Site Training Sign Up

from Curriculum and Instruction

This is for EC-5 schools only. Wendy Elkins has provided multiple sign-up opportunities to come to your school for the entire day and collaborate with teachers and administrators on how to use Canvas. Sign-ups begin on Nov. 2 and run until Dec. 17th. Generally, schools have been using PLCs as the time for Canvas training with outliers dropping in when they have availability. However, if you have a different format in mind, please feel free to set up the time that will work best for your building.

Use this link to schedule your site visit. You will schedule a time using Calendly, and the link is provided below. There are two days per week where the time runs from 8:30-3:30 and two days from 9:00 – 4:00. Please include the name of the school and a contact person. If you have any questions, please email Wendy Elkins.

Informational Items

For All Administrators (Informational Item)

PFA and Subpoena Procedures

from Student Services

Please read this PDF on PFA and Subpoena Procedures for 2021.

Need Inventory Tagging? Contact Dennis Martine

from Risk Assessment
Do you have untagged items in your building or department ?
Contact Inventory Assistant: Dennis Martine at or call: 913-279-2281.

When submitting your request, please be sure to include the PO Number, description and quanity of items to be tagged.

Trauma Informed Classroom PD

from NEA-KCK
Trauma-Informed Classroom PD webinar via Zoom provided by Kansas NEA, Wyandotte United, and NEA-KCK. Available for PD points for salary movement. Contact for details. Members must pre-register by Nov 10. (IDP forms submitted the week prior to the event for approval.
Trauma Informed Classroom PD Webinar PDF

FA Language Support

from Student Services

KCKPS Administrators, PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL STAFF important information about FA:

Family Advocacy is rapidly approaching, and we are pleased to announce that we will continue to provide interpreter support during FA scheduled for November 10th and 12th. Teachers will again have access to live interpretation on their laptops during FA when they need it using the information attached. Based on feedback, we added a new component: adding a third person to a video call using Propio One. This new feature will allow teachers to add parents to video calls (similar to zoom) using the Propio One live video interpreting services (instructions attached). Please take a moment before FA to look at the instructions attached. We do want to highlight that these services will be available during FA. For language support outside of FA, please follow the Language Guide provided in the Principal’s Handbook.

We continue to provide interpretation services via over-the-phone for those who prefer it. If your school still needs to schedule an in-person interpreter for FA days, we do have a LIMITED number of interpreters available. Please encourage your staff to use Propio One, but If for some reason an in-person interpreter is necessary, please have teachers fill out the FA interpreter request and we will do our best to support it. We will accept requests until Thursday, November 4th.

If you or anyone in your team has questions or needs additional information, please email, contact Naomi Tolentino (913-279-2247), or Kourtney Rogers (913-627-5626).

FA Interpreter Request Form – November

Propio One Tutorial

OPI Instruction Card PDF
Propio One Instruction Card PDF

Propio One – Adding as a Third Party PDF

Naomi Tolentino | Program & Prevention Specialist
Student Services
Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
Office: (913) 279-2247
Cell: (913) 568-0147

Benefits Open Enrollment

from Human Resources
Important information regarding open enrollment. Please see PDF document.

Recruiting for 2022/2023 Fellows and Para-to-Teachers Has Begun!

from Human Resources

I am excited to announce that the recruitment of our newest cohorts of KCKPS Teaching Fellows and KCKPS Para-to-Teachers has begun! Please direct folks to our improved page on the KCKPS webpage.

Everybody who enters either of these Alternative Certification Pathways must have a Bachelor’s degree, and there are other required qualifications depending on the role they are interested in. I am always happy to visit with anybody who is interested, so please spread the word and invite people to reach out to me!

KSDE Great Ideas in Education Conference

from Professional Workforce Development

Would you like to attend the KSDE Conference in November?

Great Ideas in Education Conference: Unfinished Learning
November 15-18, 2021
Held virtually each day from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Online registration ends after November 1.
PLEASE NOTE: All registered attendees will receive an invitation via email within the 1st week of November to select the sessions they would like to attend.

Registration Link

In an attempt to simplify the registration payment process and encourage participation, the Professional Workforce Development Department will cover the cost of registration for any USD 500 Administrators who choose to attend the conference.

You must individually complete the registration, using the link from KSDE by Monday, Nov 1. On the registration you will be asked the following billing information questions:

Please provide the Billing information.
Please provide an email for which your invoice will be sent.
Confirm Email Address:* (Enter your KCKPS email)
BILLING ADDRESS* (Enter your work address)
CITY* (Kansas City)
STATE* (Kansas)
ZIP CODE* (Enter your work zip code)
PAYMENT TYPE* (Mark “Check”)

After the registration is complete on Nov 1, KSED will send a list of all USD 500 administrators to Lindsey Schneider. Please DO NOT forward the confirmation email; that information will not be needed. The PWD department will work with purchasing to issue one check from USD 500.

Please note, if you have already registered and selected “Purchase Order” KSDE has agreed to send the invoice to the PWD department. If you have paid with “Credit/Debit” as your payment option, you can either cancel your registration and re-register, or go ahead and pay for the conference from your department’s budget.


Electronic Reporting Forms for Injuries and Incidents

From Communications & Marketing

Just a quick reminder that many of the forms you need when it comes to incidents are now electronic.

Student injury forms have now been included to the list.

To find the reporting form for students go to this link:

To make the reporting of workman’s compensation accidents less time consuming, the Supervisors Accident Report is now an electronic form.

Regardless of severity, immediate supervisors & directors are required to report all work-related injuries within 48 hours to Risk Management.

To do so, please use the following link:

The Incident Report helps document any incident involving non employees.

This includes our students, visitors, parents and guardians.

The incident form is to be filled out for a number of situations including: a child is missing, if a student is injured in a way that could require medical attention in the future, police have to be called during an incident,  there is a fight,  or even to report property damage.

An example of a fight that needs to be recorded- a fight that breaks out that others are around and it may have been recorded. A fight that someone may not realize they are injured immediately but could later on in the day. Fights that do NOT need to be recorded: two kids on the playground hit each other in the arm over a ball.

There may be other incidents that could also require use of this form.

If you have questions about whether an incident falls into this category, please reach out to your IIO.

Here is a link to the Incident Report form:

For K-5 Administrators (Informational)

Diploma+ FA Monday, Nov. 1st

from Diploma+

November 1st is another opportunity for your students to learn about the exciting world of careers ahead of them. Please remind your teachers that they may select a recorded session about a career of their choice from the Connector website to share with their students. Remember the KS Career Flower can help guide their work. It is attached for your convenience.

Science Implementation

from Curriculum & Instruction
To support and showcase high-quality Tier 1 science instruction across the district, Curriculum and Instruction has put together this Wakelet to share ideas and resources with teachers. There are examples of science in action from schools across the district. This form will be updated and sent out once a month. Please share it with your teachers and encourage them to see examples of quality in science implementation around the district. Also please feel free to email pictures, videos, etc. to add and share from your classrooms. Contact Cheryl Beyer with any questions.

For Secondary Administrators (Informational)

Edgenuity Update

from Curriculum & Instruction

The Edgenuity Credit Recovery handbook has recently been updated. The new material has been flagged in the Table of Contents of the handbook. You can also see this updated information by accessing the google document link below. Please take a few minutes to look this document over as this pertains to some processes that need to be considered when doing your account clean-up as well as information on student transfer within the district. The topics for the updates are:
*Viewing student progress in a course if they were enrolled initially at another KCKPS school.
*How to change a student’s homeschool
*Gear-up Support Staff
*Edgenuity Contact list
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to Suzie Legg or Wendy Elkins.

Edgenuity Update – October 2021

Alternative Service Flow Chart

from Student Services

Please see Alternative Services Flow Chart. This chart outlines the process for referring students to alternative services.